Practising tips…

Because we all need to be reminded from time to time…

  1. Accurate slow practice beats inexact fast practice every time.
  2. If you’re aiming for mastery, don’t simply practise until you get something right, practise until you don’t get it wrong.
  3. Focused short bursts of practice achieve more than long meandering sessions.
  4. You should not only practise but also play. And you need to be able to differentiate between them. Because once you can play something accurately with consistency, it no longer counts as practice, it becomes part of your playing.
  5. Once you are over the basics, the single best thing you can do for your practice is to learn note for note a lick, phrase or solo played by a musician you love. Play it and play it until you have internalised every nuance of their playing. Then you will be ready to integrate it into your own.

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